As unabashed station wagon fans, we were pleased to learn that the Volvo V90 has proved to be more popular than Volvo anticipated. When Volvo introduced the V90 for the 2018 model year, it intended it as a special-order item, anticipating that North American buyers would prefer the plastic-clad Cross Country version or the big XC90 SUV instead. But demand for the S90 variant was higher than expected, and V90s are now regularly built for dealer stock. When Volvo announced an updated version for 2021, it seemed like a perfectly plausible excuse to get this old favorite in for testing.
The Volvo V90 wagon is not an entirely unfamiliar face at MotorTrend. Our sister publication Automobile had a 2019 V90 Inscription in its long-term fleet, and we’d be lying if we said we weren’t jealous. Funnily enough, the 2021 V90 R-Design that Volvo delivered for this test was nearly a dead ringer for Automobile‘s long-termer, a long black family-hauling missile that—now as then—attracted a surprising number of compliments from neighbors and passers-by. For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.